Office of the University Registrar

November 3, 2020

Getting Around SDB

Entering Commands

In SDB, you’ll often hear the term SEND a Command. This means you’re entering information or commands into the SDB. To SEND a command use the “outside” ENTER key.


Type the code for the screen you want in the upper left-hand corner. To get there, use the HOME key. SDB is not compatible with scrolling. You must hit home and enter a new screen command to navigate between screens.

Note: SDB does not function properly when attempting to resize the window.

Moving from Field to Field

To move from field to field on a screen use the TAB key. To move backward from field to field use the SHIFT + TAB keys.

Getting Around SDB

On some screens, you may want to move the cursor from the upper-left corner to the lower-right corner. Hit the HOME key and then hit the SHIFT + TAB keys.

Opening multiple SDB screens

Because scrolling is not compatible with SDB, you may choose to open multiple SDB screens at once. Open another instance of SDB on your computer and follow the sign in procedure to open an additional screen. You may find this convenient when you have the need to compare to different screens.

Keep SDB from logging you out

SDB will sign you out after a few minutes of inactivity. To keep the SDB from signing you out, hit the HOME key and then type .MENU space-bar to get rid of any other text on the line and hit SEND (Enter key). We don’t recommend using this function if you are stepping away from your desk because any person can then access the SDB.